WWE Extreme Rules 2017 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterJune 4, 2017

WWE Extreme Rules 2017 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights

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    Aside from the main event, gimmicks got in the way at WWE Extreme Rules 2017.

    Sunday's pay-per-view saw confusion swirl around championship chases. WWE overthought many of the night's clashes and failed to deliver on the extreme part of the PPV.

    Alexa Bliss vs. Bayley was a severe letdown, a truncated narrative with not nearly enough pathos. The Hardy Boyz vs. Cesaro and Sheamus may generate more conversation about its unclear rules than its breathtaking stunts. 

    The Miz and Dean Ambrose delivered the anti-extreme contest of the night. 

    But the Fatal 5-Way match between Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe and Bray Wyatt saved an iffy show.

    The fight to decide the No. 1 contender for the Universal Championship overflowed with adrenaline. It left each of its participants looking stronger. And its result set up a clash between Joe and Brock Lesnar for July's Great Balls of Fire event that will be a violent masterpiece.

    Read on for a full breakdown of Extreme Rules, looking at where it whirred and where it clanked. 

Kalisto vs. Apollo Crews (Pre-Show)

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    Titus O'Neil accompanied Apollo Crews as he and Kalisto provided the in-ring action for the kickoff show.

    Crews and Kalisto both employed a fast-paced offense. The King of Flight had his foe reeling early on. Crews, though, soon took over and slowed the bout down.

    O'Neil barked orders from ringside. He and Crews argued, which opened the door for Kalisto to grab the win.

        

    Result

    Kalisto wins via pinfall.

         

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    • "I have it on good authority that LaVar Ball tried to buy into the Titus Brand and Titus wouldn't have anything to do with it."—Corey Graves.
    • Crews kicks a springboarding Kalisto out of the air.

        

    Grade

    C+

        

    Analysis

    The thrown-in match had good energy and fun offense that overcame its lack of build to a degree. A number of near-falls did their job in creating drama.

    The ending was essentially a repeat of Crews and Kalisto's recent match on Raw.

    The Titus Brand angle has potential but hasn't hit its stride yet. What's Crews gaining from this relationship? He's only been distracted and frustrated so far.

Dean Ambrose vs. The Miz (Intercontinental Championship)

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    With Maryse in his corner, The Miz approached Dean Ambrose cautiously. The challenger looked to anger Ambrose in order to get him disqualified.

    The two brawled outside the ring where Ambrose began to grow unraveled. 

    The Miz pounced on The Lunatic Fringe amid confusion at ringside. He methodically attacked Ambrose, wearing him down with submission holds.

    Ambrose rallied back. He fought The A-Lister in and out of the ring. A high-risk move left him with a tweaked knee and The Miz quickly went after the weak spot.

    The cover came off one of the turnbuckles and Ambrose nearly inadvertently used the exposed steel as a weapon which would have cost him the match.

    The Miz asked his wife to slap him, and the referee tossed her out inside of disqualifying Ambrose. The Miz slammed Ambrose into the ref. And taking advantage of the distraction that followed, The Miz hit a Skull-Crushing Finale for the victory.

    Result

    The Miz wins via pinfall to claim the IC title.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    • The Miz dons a jacket reminiscent of Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
    • The Miz hits a DDT on the ring apron.
    • "I'm not sure I've seen this man quite this intense."—Michael Cole on The Miz.
    • "Sometimes your body gives out before your heart does."—Graves.
    • Ambrose uses the figure-four leglock on The Miz.

    Grade

    B-

    Analysis

    The "champion loses the title if he gets disqualified" stipulation made this a gimmicky bout from the get-go. The multiple teases of possible disqualifications made this feel overbooked at times.

    The story of The Miz manipulating the match's rules to screw over Ambrose worked better toward the end where the contest picked up.

    This was such an odd route to take on a PPV built around being extreme. The Miz and Ambrose worked well within the confines of the contest, even so.

    It will be good to have The Miz back as IC champ, as he's been the only Superstar to bring any electricity to it of late.

Sasha Banks and Rich Swann vs. Naom Dar and Alicia Fox

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    Sasha Banks and Alicia Fox brawled to open the clash. Noam Dar helped his tag team partner escape from the Bank Statement.

    Fox appeared to injure herself hitting a kick in the corner.

    Dar and Rich Swann traded shots until The Scottish Supernova lay flat on his back. The women leaped in and battered each other.

    The babyfaces survived the chaos and came way with the three-count.

    Result

    Banks and Swann win via pinfall.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    • Banks hit her diving double knees from the top rope onto Dar.

    Grade

    D+

    Analysis

    This felt like a pre-show match that got shoved onto the main card. Its handful of moments added a touch of excitement, but this was nothing memorable.

    Banks and Swann, though, have shown excellent chemistry. WWE may want to consider keeping that pair together in some fashion.

Alexa Bliss vs. Bayley (Raw Women's Championship; Kendo Stick on a Pole Match)

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    Elias Samson serenaded the crowd before the Raw Women's Championship match.

    Alexa Bliss struck first, but it wasn't long before Bayley pulled down the kendo stick and pushed the champ out of the ring. Bayley floored Bliss before grabbing the weapon and chasing her down.

    Bliss, though, disarmed her. The Wicked Witch then punished her foe with the bamboo implement. Moments later, she pinned Bayley.

    Result

    Bliss wins via pinfall to retain the women's title.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    • "Baltimore is bathed in filth."—Samson.
    • "Wonder Woman is basically a biopic of Alexa Bliss."—Corey Graves.
    • Bliss hits Bayley with a flurry of kendo stick strikes.

    Grade

    D

    Analysis

    What looked to be well on its way to being a thrilling, dramatic match ended in a hurry. Before the story could gain much momentum and before Bliss and Bayley could create much empathy, the climax arrived. 

    Bayley talking about watching tape of Sandman and Tommy Dreamer using the kendo stick was a nice touch. As was the announcers playing up Bayley's need to prove her toughness.

    There was too little time to do much of anything, though. Bayley gained nothing here. This felt like a book with half the pages ripped out.

The Hardys vs. Cesaro and Sheamus (Steel Cage Match; Raw Tag Team Championship)

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    Cesaro and Sheamus beat up on the champs, slamming both Hardy brothers against the cage wall. The Hardy Boyz responded with their trademark high-flying offense.

    Each team tried a number of times to escape early, but each attempt met immediate opposition.

    The rivals all climbed to the top of the cage and brawled. Jeff Hardy fell to the floor. He then tried to help his brother climb out, but Cesaro and Sheamus dragged him back in.

    Matt Hardy had to battle both of the European bruisers. Jeff leaped back in help his brother. A race to the outside soon unfolded where The Hardys failed to touch the floor before the challengers did.

    Result

    Cesaro and Sheamus win via escape to become the Raw tag team titles.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    • The announcers reveal that the only way to win is to have both team members escape the cage.
    • Fans chant "Delete! Delete!" as The Hardys go on the offense.
    • Jeff hits Poetry in Motion on Cesaro then Sheamus.
    • Cesaro holds up Jeff who dangled from the top of the cage.
    • Sheamus Brogue Kicks the cage door into Jeff's face.
    • Sheamus hits White Noise from the top rope.
    • Jeff hits Whisper in the Wind from the top of the cage.

    Grade

    B-

    Analysis

    This was a match built on spots and moments. The teams didn't have great chemistry, but they provided a number of memorable images, using the cage as a canvas for their daredevil art.

    The story of the Hardy brothers fighting for each other at all costs resonated. 

    The stipulation led to an unsatisfying climax, however. A race to leave a structure isn't nearly as exciting as a warrior knocking out another with their best weapon. There was some confusion too about why Jeff had to re-exit the cage to secure the win. 

Neville vs. Austin Aries (Submission Match; Cruiserweight Championship)

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    Austin Aries dominated Neville as the match began. He looked to put the champ away with Last Chancery, keeping Neville on the run.

    Aries, though, tweaked his left knee. That shifted the momentum toward The King of the Cruiserweights. Neville attacked the bad wheel with no mercy.

    Neville went into predatory mode, focusing on the challenger's shoulder and knee.

    The two rivals locked in submission holds, but were unable to force their foes to tap out. The pace slowed as desperation grew. 

    Aries locked in the Last Chancery out of the ring. Neville tapped out, but the ref informed A Double the submission had to occur in the ring.

    Neville came back with a Red Arrow and the Rings of Saturn which ended Aries' night. 

    Result

    Neville wins via submission to retain the Cruiserweight Championship.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    • Aries hurls Neville upside down into the security barricade.
    • Aries takes a nasty spill outside, landing on his bad leg.
    • Aries locks in Neville's Rings of Saturn.
    • Neville floors Aries with a superkick while the challenger was distracted talking to the referee.
    • Neville hits a Red Arrow to Aries' back.

    Grade

    B+

    Analysis

    The cruiserweight title bout was intense, electric and urgent. These two have yet to disappoint against each other.

    The booking caused the story to stumble, though. Why on Earth is the referee counting to 10 and threatening disqualifications in a submission match? That distracted from the action and was the latest case of confusion over a match's rules.

    If Aries gets another crack at Neville, it needs to be in an Iron Man match on 205 Live where stops trying to overthink things with them and let the cruiserweights go wild.

Extreme Rules Fatal 5-Way Match to Decide the Universal Title No. 1 Contender

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    Bray Wyatt vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns vs. Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe

    Joe and Rollins slugged it out at ringside. Balor and Wyatt brawled. Reigns, meanwhile, stood in the center of the ring to let the fight come to him.

    Chaos followed.

    Balor blasted his foes. Reigns responded emphatically. Wyatt and Joe formed an alliance which saw them punish The Big Dog, Balor and the rest of the field.

    Reigns went on a rally, as did Rollins. Balor flattened a number of foes. 

    After some havoc near the announce table, Rollins and Reigns emerged as the only two men standing. They traded their best shots until Balor intervened.

    Joe, though, choked out Balor. ambushing the babyface after he nailed Reigns with Coup De Grace.

    Result

    Joe wins via referee stoppage to become No. 1 contender.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    • Balor goes on a tear where he stomps on each of his opponents as they try to climb into the ring.
    • Joe clubs Reigns out of the air to prevent a Drive-By.
    • "Bray and Joe are a wrecking crew."—Cole.
    • Wyatt nails Rollins with a DDT on the ring steps.
    • Balor drives Joe into a steel chair propped up in the corner.
    • Rollins hits Blockbusters on both Wyatt and Joe.
    • Reigns spears Joe and Balor into the barricade.
    • Rollins frog splashes Wyatt through a table.

    Grade

    A+

    Analysis

    A high-octane, wild exhibition ended the PPV emphatically.

    This was the only match on the card that lived up to the Extreme Rules theme. It was the only bout to live up to and exceed expectations.

    Every man was allowed ample time to shine. Each man looked like a beast at some point.

    Balor came off like a badass. Rollins played the gutsy hero. Wyatt and Joe looked tremendous on the prowl together. They were made to be the stars of the match for a long while.

    WWE handled the pieces on the chess board perfectly on this night.

    And the result sets up a great hoss fight. Joe vs. Lesnar should be fantastic.